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  • Efficient Real Estate (Part 4)

    This post is a follow up to my last blog titled Efficient Real Estate (Part 3). As promised, I will elucidate the value of understanding workstyles and their design and specification implications. Just to recap my last post; our model for workstyles is built off of two dimensions - the type of thinking engaged in (strategic to tactical) and the level of interaction they participate in (alone to together). The four departments we evaluated were: the sales team, designers, project managers and customer service coordinators. Let’s take a closer look at the end results of our company relocation.  

    The Sales Team (Crew)

    Design Implications

      Due to the high level of interaction with not only internal team members but external ones as well, the sales team was positioned as the most accessible department. They are located at the front of the building and have three separate access points. Moreover there is a logical order behind the placement of the sales team relative to the other departments. The flow of a project practically always starts in the sales department, and then affects the other departments sequentially as you move counter-clockwise through our showroom. This places the depart


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  • Efficient Real Estate (Part 3)

    Efficient Real Estate (Part 3)

              This is the 3rd post of a series on what I term efficient real estate. This series is designed around a real world case study of the Spencer Company’s move to our new workspace. In my two preceding posts on efficient real estate I focused mostly on how we reduced our square footage. In this post productivity will be the focus. Increasing or maintaining productivity levels within a smaller real estate footprint necessitates an insightful design layout and a deeper understanding of your workforce. We decided to examine the ways our various departments work and the proximity effect between different workstyles. We profiled our various departments and discovered their workstyles based off their everyday operating proclivities. Our model for workstyles is built off of two dimensions: the type of thinking engaged in (strategic to tactical) and the level of interaction they participate in (alone to together). I am going to spotlight the four departments we analyzed in this piece, and there will be a follow up post that will focus on the design and product specification implications. The four departments we studied were: the sales team, designers, project managers and customer service coordinators.


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  • Reflections from MetroCon 2014

    Reflections from MetroCon 2014

    Another MetroCon is now in the books and I did something completely different this year from years past; I documented my experience. There were a lot of familiar faces that graciously spent time with me to reveal some very distinctive and remarkable pieces. It is my pleasure to share some of the highlights from my 2014 show in an inaugural blog series titled “Reflections from MetroCon”. 

    Jasper Group

    My first stop of the day was at the Jasper Group booth(s) to see my friends Jerry and Kelli Ratcliff.  After taking a stroll through their expansive layout I was drawn by the clean aesthetic and kinetic nature of the iXY (pronounced ick-see) case-goods series. I appreciated two of the design elements in particular that reinforced my view of where our industry is headed. The first being an open-plan feel and smaller scale, which is accommodating for the trending smaller real estate footprint.  We are already well into the outset of a shift to smaller cubicle footprints; now it’s ostensibly taking place in the private office as well. The second element was the kinetic and adjustable nature of the table desk. This particular setup had a programmable electric mecha


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